I use a pocket watch for a number of reasons (which is why for over 20 years I just put my wrist watch in my pocket), but perhaps the best is that it simply suits who I am (I still enjoy shooting film and printing in my own darkroom). This is why I have been so patient over the years with my pocket watches.
For some reason, pocket watches and I do not get along. They always remain in the little pocket in my jeans, so they do not get knocked around, but they just don't seem to last very long. I had a vintage watch for about six months before the mechanism that held the cover closed started to fail (I was told that it would be very expensive to fix), and I have had modern watches that have not lasted long either. The longest I have had one has been about two years, which is the one that most recently failed.
So I am trying to decide my next step. I am willing to pay up to $200 for a good pocket watch and was wondering if anyone might have a suggestion. I am not knowledgeable about pocket watches (other than wearing them) and am not looking for a long term investment, just a reliable and accurate pocket watch I can fit in the little pocket of my jeans.
Any recommendations? Best case scenario would be to have one that will last me the next 20 years and if there is a direction I can take to put me in the direction of that best scenario then I would appreciate knowing it.